The Laser Materials Processing Lab (LMPL) at the University of Iowa pursues research on the advancement of material processing technology and sciences.  Active research areas include laser-based materials processing, machining, physics-based material process modeling, microstructural evolution, hybrid manufacturing processes, wind turbine manufacturing, biomedical implant materials processing and micro/nano materials processing, etc.  

The lab is directed by Prof. Hongtao Ding


The title is “Microstructure Prediction of Severe Plastic Deformation Manufacturing Processes for Metals”.

George took a research internship position at GM R&D during his last semester (Fall 2017) with a NSF support.

George joined Tesla as a manufacturing engineer.

  • Timothy Heiderscheit successfully defended his master’s thesis in Fall 2017.

The thesis title is “Comparative Study of Near-Infrared Pulsed Laser Machining of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics”. 

Tim joined Quest Thermal Group as a Mechanical Engineer.


At the University of Iowa, we have an immediate Research Assistantship (RA) opening for a project on wind turbine manufacturing, machining and surface treatment. We are looking for highly motivated students with background in one or more of the following areas: Solid mechanics, materials & mechanical behaviors, computer modeling (FEM, dislocation dynamics, MD, or phase field simulation), materials processing (e.g., machining), wind energy, and laser based manufacturing. PhD students in their first year or MS students who intend to continue PhD are preferred. Interested applicants are welcomed to contact Dr. Ding with a resume and a letter summarizing their research experience and research accomplishments.